Bid now for £65,000 youth grant funding
Community groups in Brighton & Hove can apply now to get between £500 and £5000 to fund projects that offer positive activities for young people.
Brighton & Hove City Council is offering £130,000 in grants over the coming year.
For the last two years the figure was £90,000, but councillors agreed in February to put an extra £40,000 towards the scheme this year.
Bidding is underway for half of this year's funding - £65,000 - for projects starting from 1 July. The deadline for applications is 11 June.
Bids should use recognised youth work approaches to work with young people aged from 11-19 (or up to 25 if they have special educational needs).
The projects must meet at least one of the following needs:
- improving young people’s mental health
- reducing the harm from young people’s alcohol and substance misuse
- increasing volunteering and work experience opportunities
- increasing opportunities for young people to participate in new and challenging experiences
- support for young people recovering from the impact of Coronavirus.
A further round of bidding will happen later in the year for the other £65,000.
The chair of the council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor John Allcock, said:
“We’ve put extra money into our youth led grants programme this year as it’s really important that young people in the city get the support they need.
“Councillors and officers have worked closely with our young people’s representative group Youth Wise to make sure the whole process is led by their wishes and priorities.
“Youth Wise have come up with the criteria the projects bids need to meet, and they will also lead on deciding how the funding is allocated.”
Groups wishing to bid will need to work with one of six local ‘lead’ youth organisations. They are:
- the Hangleton & Knoll Project
- The Trust for Developing Communities
- Brighton Youth Centre
- Allsorts Youth Project
- The Black & Minority Ethnic Young People's Project